Research interest and responsibilities

  • Plant sciences
  • Biodiversity
  • Research coordination
  • PhD program coordination
  • Research networking
  • Project management
  • Science policy interface
  • Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS)
  • Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD

Education and professional experience

Since 2013 Project manager and coordinator of the Swiss Plant Science Web
Since 2004 Coordinator for the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center
2004 – 2007 Coordinator for the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment
2002 – 2004 Scientific staff, Institute for Prehistory and Archaeological Science, University of Basel
1997 – 2006 Coordinator at the Management & Coordination Office of the Integrated Biodiversity Project, Swiss Priority Programme Environment, Universities Basel and Zurich
1993 – 1994 Assistant at the Management & Coordination Office Biodiversity, Universities Basel and Zürich (Prof. Wolfgang Polasek)
1986 – 1992 Assistant and scientific collaborator, Hintermann & Weber AG, Reinach – environmental consulting
1991 Diploma in biology, University of Basel, Switzerland. Master thesis on maternal effects in Centaurea maculosa (supervisors: Prof. Bernhard Schmid and Prof. Heinz Müller-Schärer)
1959 Born in Basel, Switzerland



Susette Biber-Klemm, Sylvia I. Martinez (2016) Utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge in academic research – A good practice guide for access and benefit-sharing. Swiss Academies Report Vol 11. No. 4. Bern, Switzerland.

Susette Biber-Klemm, Sylvia I. Martinez, Anne Jacob, Ana Jevtic (2016) Agreement on Access and Benefit-sharing for Academic Research - A toolbox for drafting Mutually Agreed Terms for access to Genetic Resources and to Associated Traditional Knowledge and Benefit-sharing. Swiss Academies Report Vol 11. No. 3. Bern, Switzerland.

Biber-Klemm S, Martinez SI (2015) Experiences in accessing biological resources for non-commercial research: Results of an informal survey in Switzerland. In: Kamau EC, Winter G, Stoll PT (eds)  Research and Development on genetic resources – public domain approaches in implementing the Nagoya Protocol. Routledge New York and London: 175-180.

Biber-Klemm S, Davis K, Gautier L, Kiehn M, Martinez SI (2015) Ex situ collections of plants and how they adjust to ABS conditions. In: Kamau EC, Winter G, Stoll PT (eds) Research and Development on genetic resources – public domain approaches in implementing the Nagoya Protocol. Routledge New York and London: 207-225.

Biber-Klemm S, Davis K, Gautier L,  Martinez SI (2013) Governance options for ex-situ collections in academic research. In: Oberthür S, Rosendal KG (eds) Global governance of genetic resources: Access and benefit sharing after the Nagoya Protocol. Routledge, New York and London: 213-230pp

Vohland K, Mlambo MC, Domeignoz LD, Jonsson B, Paulsch A, Martinez SI (2011) How to ensure a credible and efficient IPBES? Environmental Science & Policy 14(8):1188–1194. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2011.08.005.

Biber-Klemm S, Martinez S, Jacob A, Jevtic A (2010) Agreement on access and benefit sharing for non-commercial research – sector specific approach containing Model Clauses. Swiss Academy of Sciences, Bern, Switzerland

Martinez SI, Biber-Klemm S (2010) Scientists – take action for access to biodiversity. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 2:27-33.

Biber-Klemm S, Martinez S, Swiss Academy of Science (ed) (2006) Access and Benefit Sharing – Good Practice for Academic Research on Genetic Resources. Bern. 60p

Baur B, Duelli P, Edwards PJ, Jenny M, Klaus G, Künzle I, Martinez S, Pauli D, Peter K, Schmid B, Seidl I & W Suter (2004) Biodiversität in der Schweiz – Zustand, Erhaltung, Perspektiven. Wissenschaftliche Grundlagen für eine nationale Strategie. Haupt Verlag, Bern. 237pp.

Agosti D, Linder P, Burckhardt D, Martinez S, Löbl I & Loizeau PA (2003) Switzerland's role as a hotspot of type specimen. Nature 421:889.

Weiner J, Martinez S, Müller-Schärer H, Stoll P and Schmid B 1997: How important are environmental maternal effects in plants? A study with Centaurea maculosa. Journal of Ecology 85:133-142

Sylvia Martinez

Universität Basel
Departement Umweltwissenschaften
Pflanzenökologie und -evolution
Schönbeintrasse 6
CH-4056 Basel

+41 61 207 35 03